Pinochio © Maria del Mar Lozano Bartolozzi
© Maria del Mar Lozano Bartolozzi

Chair: Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer (University of Tübingen)
Co-Chairs: Elina Druker (University of Stockholm), Maria Nikolajeva (University of Cambridge)

The conference, which is fully funded by the European Science Foundation, is a first step towards the investigation of the complex and mutual influences of Avant-Garde movements on children’s literature in different European and non-European countries during the 20th century.

It is one aim of this conference to bring together those scholars who are interested into the relationship between avant-garde movements and children’s culture (i.e. arts, literature, toys, films for children) within a European context. Since Avant-garde movements were particularly strong in countries such as Czechoslovakia, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the Nordic countries, this conference focuses on the mutual influences of European Avant-garde movements and children’s literature in these respective countries. Moreover, the impact of the European Avant-Garde on Non-European children’s literature, for instance in Brazil, Japan or the United States, should be investigated as well.